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Agile Government is not an Oxymoron: Helping Agencies Sense and Respond in Today's Environment

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • World Learning, 1015 15th Street NW, 7th Floor


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Shelley A. Kirkpatrick, PhD

Sarah Miller

Dan Pisano, PhD

The MITRE Corporation

    A new paradigm - organizational agility - is taking us by storm.  Even government agencies are now calling for organizational agility in their mission statements.  Organizations must sense changes in the environment, make sense of those changes in light of their mission, and respond in a timely and effective manner. Drawing on a wide-range of research, we developed a framework of organizational agility in government  We will lead a discussion on what organizational agility is and describe the framework.   

     We also developed a feedback tool based on this framework to help organizations understand their current state of agility and begin to find new ways to carry out their work.  The Government Organizational Agility Assessment (GOAA) has been piloted with several agency units thus far.  We will share GOAA results from these units and discuss actions these units identified as important for them to take to become even more agile.  We also will discuss a wide range of actions that organizations can take to become more agile, including using design thinking, experimentation, and rapid prototyping. 


Dr. Shelley Kirkpatrick is a Principal at The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers for the federal government.  She is also an adjunct professor of management at George Mason University and founder of Visiontelligence.  A former professor at Carnegie Mellon University and The American University.  Shelley has authored more than 35 articles on leadership, motivation, and workforce assessment in academic journals as well as practitioner-based publications.  She recently published Build a Better Vision Statement (2016, Lexington Books).  Shelley is a former President of the International Society for Performance Improvements' Potomac Chapter.  She also holds certifications as a Human Capital Strategist, in Kirkpatrick Four Levels and in Human Synergistics' Impact and Organizational Culture Inventory Assessments. 

Sarah Miller is an Organizational Effectiveness and Change Management Senior Consultant at The MITRE Corporation.  She has worked with individuals and groups in the corporate, education, government, and non-profit sectors through coaching, leadership development, and organizational effectiveness initiatives.  Sarah holds an MA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She earned a certificate in Organizational Development from Columbia University and holds certifications in many assessments, including the CCl 360 Assessment Suite, Myers-Briggs Type Indicators, FIRO-B, Change Style Indicator, and Workplace Big Five Personality Assessment.  She completed the Presence Based Coaching series in 2017, as well at the CCL new Coach Orientation program, and is pursuing her ICF coaching credential.  She has also served as treasurer and program committee co-char for the Triangle Organization Development Network.  

Dr. Daniel J. Pisano, Jr. is a Principle in Business Strategy at The MITRE Corporation.  He has been a senior leader in several high technology companies for over 40 years, where partnering with academia he implemented cutting-edge management principles.  Dan has been a member of industry advisory boards and helped shape America Competes legislation, providing increased funding for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and holds certificates from M.I.T. Sloan School of Management and Columbia Business School.  Dan has over 30 publications and invited presentations.  His PhD is in physics from Yale University and BA in physics from Columbia University.   

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